Hip bursitis (also known as greater trochanter pain syndrome) is inflammation in the hip’s bursa, a cushion that protects the tendon and muscles from rubbing against bone. Because the adult body contains 160 bursae (the plural form of bursa), other body parts can also develop bursitis, including the shoulders, knees and elbows.
Hip bursitis can occur in bursa on the outside or inside of your hip. The type of hip bursitis you have depends on where the affected bursa is and if it’s infected. The major types of hip bursitis are:
The inflammation of hip bursitis can be caused by injuries like a damaged tendon or by chronic rubbing or pressure within the hip. Because of this, hip bursitis is the most common cause of hip pain.
Whether you know you have hip bursitis or aren’t sure what’s causing your hip pain, we can help. Our orthopedic team can identify the source of your pain and offer personalized treatments that will help you find relief.
Our treatment plans may include integrative therapies like acupuncture, physical therapy and, when necessary, minimally invasive surgery to help you move comfortably again.
If you have bursitis of the hip, Aurora Health Care’s orthopedic team can help you find a solution to ease the pain.
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Hip bursitis is most common in women and people who are middle-aged or older – although it can affect anyone.
Some factors increase the likelihood of bursitis, including:
The main symptom of hip bursitis is pain:
Hip bursitis pain tends to get worse after you’ve been sitting or lying down. The pain may also increase when you do a repetitive activity, like climbing stairs.
If pain from bursitis lasts longer than one to two weeks, it’s a good idea to see a doctor.
While it isn’t common for the inflamed bursa in your hip to become infected, when it does happen, it’s called septic bursitis – and it can be dangerous. See a doctor right away if you have pain and redness at the hip along with fever, chills or nausea. Septic bursitis requires treatment with antibiotics so the infection does not spread.
Bursitis pain may radiate throughout the hip, thigh and buttock. To confirm that the cause of the pain is bursitis, your doctor will do a complete physical exam and ask you about how and when the pain began.
Your doctor might also ask you to do simple tasks like standing on the affected leg to see how your legs are functioning. Sometimes, your doctor will order an X-ray or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan, too, to verify that the pain is due to bursitis and not a fracture or other problem.
Learn more about other causes of hip pain.
Most hip bursitis gets better with simple lifestyle changes. At Aurora, your doctor will walk you through these changes and speak to you about any other treatments that may help, too. These lifestyle changes and treatments include: